Skip Navigation
Halton Region is reviewing land use policies to advance municipal planning priorities around transit, growth, and development in the community through four Growth Concepts. This work will also ensure that Halton Region complies with Provincial planning requirements, such as the Growth Plan (2019).
 

What are Growth Concepts and why are they important?

  • Halton has prepared Growth Concepts for where and how Halton will grow to 2051, and you can have your say.
  • By planning for the future, we can ensure Halton remains a great place to live as our community continues to grow.
  • The Growth Concepts provide varying options on how to accommodate another 482,000 people and 222,000 jobs to meet the provincial requirement of 1,100,000 people and 500,000 jobs by 2051.
  • The Growth Concepts are another step towards developing a Preferred Growth Concept for the Region.
 

1.1 MILLION
PEOPLE BY 2051

500 K
JOBS BY 2051

Growth Management Process

 

Growth Scenarios Report/Evaluation Report

Status: Completed

 

Regional Urban Structure Discussion Paper

Status: Completed

 

Growth Concepts Discussion Paper

Status: Completed
(current step)

 

Preferred Growth Concept Discussion Paper

Status: Upcoming

What will growth look like?

The Region’s future urban structure will include different growth areas for development. The majority of population and job growth will occur in these locations. Growth in these areas is reflected in each Growth Concept by varying rates of intensification or densification.

How will this look in your community? Consider housing as an example: low-density areas contain single or semi-detached houses, while medium-density areas feature townhouses, duplexes and triplexes. High-density mixed-use areas will generally have apartments, multiplexes or stacked townhouses.

Low-Density to High-Density Housing

image showing low density to high density housing

How are the Growth Concepts evaluated?

The Growth Concepts are evaluated using a framework organized around four themes. Each theme contains a series of measures for evaluating the Growth Concepts. The effects of climate change have been considered in establishing the measures for all four themes.

icon for Regional Urban System and Local Urban Structure growth concept

Regional Urban System and Local Urban Structure

  • Urban structure
  • Employment land supply
  • Healthy and complete communities
icon for Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change growth concept

Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change

  • Agricultural land base and system
  • Natural heritage protection
  • Climate change
icon for Infrastructure and Financing growth concept

Infrastructure and Financing

  • Financial impact
  • Efficient use of infrastructure
icon for Growing the Economy and Moving People and Goods growth concept

Growing the Economy and Moving People and Goods

  • Travel by multiple means of transportation
  • Transit-supportive development
  • Moving goods to business, consumers, and industries
  • Employment areas

Combined with feedback received through our questionnaire, Public Information Centres (PICs) and other community engagement, the Region will use this evaluation to develop a Preferred Growth Concept for the community.

All of the Growth Concepts meet the policy objectives of the Growth Plan (2019):

  • 50 per cent of all new units to be built in the existing urbanized area
  • 65 persons plus jobs per hectare for all new development area

All Growth Concepts vary based on:

  • rate of growth or densification/intensification
  • type and location of new housing units needed
  • amount of new Community Area and Employment Area required for an urban expansion

What are the four Growth Concepts?

The following maps show the location of the potential new Community Area and Employment Area where future population and job growth will occur as part of the urban expansion . How much land area those potential new Community Area and Employment Area will require is shown in the accompanying pie charts.

The maps also identify strategic growth areas in the existing urbanized areas where future population and job growth will occur.

The key parts of Concept 1:
 
  • Has a moderate rate of densification
  • Most new housing will be within the existing urbanized area
  • Majority of new housing units will be higher density (for example, apartments and condos) (95,600 units)
    • Has more ground related units (for example, single-detached, semi-detached, row/town houses) (78,300 units) than Concept 2 and 3 but less than Concept 4
  • Needs more land (2630 ha) for an urban expansion than Concept 2 and 3 but less than Concept 4 
  • 3,430 ha of total prime agricultural area will be urbanized

The following map shows the potential locations of future urban expansion and strategic growth areas for Concept 1.

map of concept 1

The chart below shows the proposed breakdown of where new housing will go in the Region from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 1 in the existing urbanized area  or new development area.

The chart below shows the Provincial Growth Plan requirements, and the proposed densification, intensification rates from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 1.

Concept 1: Growth, Intensification and Density

  • minimum 50 percent of all new housing inside the existing urbanized area
  • plus additional densification from high-density mixed-use areas  in the new development area  

 

2021-31

2031-2051

Inside existing urbanized area

50%

   50%

densification

limited

   10%

Total

50% +

   60%

  •  exceeds the minimum 50 persons plus jobs per hectare target in the Growth Plan

 

The following chart shows the total land needed for an urban expansion and how much is comprised of Community Area and Employment Area for Concept 1.

The chart below compares the type of housing units needed from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 1 in the existing urbanized area or new development area.

 
The key parts of Concept 2:
 
  • Has a moderate rate of densification but is higher than Concept 1
  • Most new housing will be built within the existing urbanized area
  • Majority of new housing units will be higher density (for example, apartments, condos)  (106,700 units)
    • More apartment units are needed than Concept 1
  • Need more land (1830 ha) for an urban expansion than Concept 3
    • Need less new Community Area land than Concept 1 and 4
  • 2,320 ha of total prime agricultural area will be urbanized

The following map shows the potential locations of future urban expansion and strategic growth areas for Concept 2.

map of concept 2

The chart below shows the proposed breakdown of where new housing will go in the Region from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 2 in the existing urbanized area or new development area.

The chart below shows the Provincial Growth Plan requirements, and the proposed densification, intensification rates from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 2.

Concept 2: Growth, Intensification and Density

  • minimum 50 percent of all new housing inside the  existing urbanized area
  • plus additional densification from high-density mixed-use areas  in the new development area

 

2021-31

2031-2051

Inside existing urbanized area

50%

   50%

densification

limited

   20%

Total

50% +

   70%

  •  exceeds the minimum 50 persons plus jobs per hectare target in the Growth Plan

 

The following chart shows the total land needed for an urban expansion and how much is comprised of Community Area and Employment Area for Concept 2.

The chart below compares the type of housing units needed from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 2 in the existing urbanized area or new development area.

 
The key parts of Concept 3:
 
  • Has the highest rate of densification
  • Most new housing will be within the existing urbanized area
    • No additional new development area needed for housing
  • Majority of new housing units will be higher density (for example, apartments and condos) (118,200 units)
    • Has the highest number of apartment units needed and lowest number of new ground-related units (for example, single-detached, semi-detached, row/town houses) needed
  • Needs the least land (980 ha) for an urban expansion
    • No new Community Area land is needed
    • Needs the least new Employment Area land for an urban expansion
  • 1,270 ha of total prime agricultural area will be urbanized

The following map shows the potential locations of future urban expansion and strategic growth areas for Concept 3.

map of concept 3

The chart below shows the proposed breakdown of where new housing will go in the Region from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 3 in the existing urbanized area or new development area.

The chart below shows the Provincial Growth Plan requirements, and the proposed densification, intensification rates from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 3.

Concept 3: Growth, Intensification and Density

  • minimum 50 percent of all new housing inside the  existing urbanized area
  • plus additional densification from high-density mixed-use areas  in the new development area

 

2021-31

2031-2051

Inside existing urbanized area

50%

   50%

densification

limited

   30%

Total

50% +

   80%

  •  exceeds the minimum 50 persons plus jobs per hectare target in the Growth Plan

 

The following chart shows the total land needed for an urban expansion and how much is comprised of Community and Employment Area for Concept 3.

The chart below compares the type of housing units needed from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 3 in the existing urbanized area  or new development area.

 
The key parts of Concept 4:
 
  • Has the lowest rate of existing urbanized area there will be increased densities above those originally planned within new development area (designated greenfield area) densification
  • Most new housing will be within the existing urbanized area
    • More new housing units will be in the new development area than Concepts 1, 2 and 4
  • Majority of new housing units will be ground-related (for example, single-detached, semi-detached, row/town houses) (89,200 units)
    • Has the highest number of ground-related units needed
  • Needs the most land (3,300 ha) for an urban expansion
    • Needs the most new Community Area and Employment Area land for an urban expansion
  • 3,900 ha of total prime agricultural area will be urbanized

The following map shows the potential locations of future urban expansion and strategic growth areas for Concept 4.

map of concept 4

The chart below shows the proposed breakdown of where new housing will go in the Region from 2021-2051 for Concept 4 in the existing urbanized area or new development area.

The chart below shows the Provincial Growth Plan requirements, and the proposed densification, intensification rates from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 4.

Concept 4: Growth, Intensification and Density

  • minimum 50 percent of all new housing inside the  existing urbanized area 
  • plus additional existing urbanized area there will be increased densities above those originally planned within new development area (designated greenfield area) densification from high-density mixed-use areas  in the new development area

 

2021-31

2031-2051

Inside existing urbanized area

50%

   50%

existing urbanized area there will be increased densities above those originally planned within new development area (designated greenfield area) densification

limited

   0%

Total

50% +

   50%

  •  exceeds the minimum 50 persons plus jobs per hectare target in the Growth Plan

 

The following chart shows the total land needed for an urban expansion and how much is comprised of Community and Employment Area for Concept 4.

The chart below compares the type of housing units needed from 2021 to 2051 for Concept 4 in the existing urbanized area  or new development area.

 

Next steps: developing a preferred Growth Concept

The main goal of the Growth Concepts was to test and evaluate a range of choices for how and where growth should occur in Halton Region. Developing a Preferred Growth Concept should address questions and considerations related to eight key principles. The principles are:

Growth Management

Infrastructure

Fiscal Impact Assessment

Agriculture

Mineral Aggregate Extraction

Climate Change

Natural Heritage Systems and Healthy Watershed

Multi-Modal Transportation, Transit-Supportive Densities and Goods Movement

 

We want to hear from you!

Take our questionnaire – share your thoughts on our four visions for future growth in Halton and how our community should accommodate new residents and jobs.

Your input is invaluable, and will help Halton Region in the development of a preferred Growth Concept for the Region. Provide your input by May 28, 2021:

Take the questionnaire

To learn more about the Growth Concepts, you can read our full discussion paper (PDF file) which includes the appendices listed below. The paper provides more detailed information about the growth concepts and how they are evaluated. The appendices contain supporting research and analysis.

Development of Growth Concepts (PDF file)

  • A. Climate Change Lens
  • B. Land Needs Assessment and Municipal Allocation
  • C.1 Employment Area Conversion Request Inventory
  • C.2 Employment Area Conversions: Initial Assessment Summary

Growth Concepts Technical Assessment (PDF file)

  • D. Transportation Assessment
  • E. Water & Wastewater Assessment>
  • F. Fiscal Impact Assessment

Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Studies (PDF file)

  • G. Agricultural Area Assessment
  • H. Natural Heritage System and Water Resources Assessment
  • I. Mineral Aggregate Resources Assessment
  • J. North Aldershot Policy Area Urban Expansion Assessment
  • J.1 North Aldershot Water and Wastewater Constraints and Opportunities

Evaluation of Growth Concepts (PDF file)

  • K. Evaluation of Growth Concepts

Additional resources

If you require this information in an alternative format or need accessibility accommodation to provide feedback, please call 311, email accesshalton@halton.ca, TTY 905-827-9833 or 1-866-442-5866. We will work with you to meet your needs.

 

TOP